Rabbits have very interesting quirks . . . Trixie will only wear red shoes, Willie won't take off his blue roller skates, ever, but what is Otto obsessed with? CARROTS! When Otto decides to eat, and only eat, carrots a strange thing happens to his ears. What can Otto do to fix this problem?
Wonderfully illustrated, this humorous book will get your kids laughing and thinking about the way we fall into habits and obsessions.
Everyone is crazy about something. Otto’s sister Trixie wants to wear her red shoes all the time; Otto’s friend Willie refuses to take off his blue roller skates. For Otto, it’s carrots. He can’t get enough. Raw carrots, cooked carrots, carrot soup and carrot pizza. And of course, carrot cake.
All is well until Otto eats a few too many carrots. But will Otto’s solution make things any better? This book offers a humorous and quirky look at the way we all fall into habits and obsessions.
Chiara Carrer is one of Italy's most renowned illustrators.She has contributed to numerous books, for which she haswon several prestigious international prizes, including theAndersen prize and the Bologna Ragazzi award. Chiara'sworks are on display in museums across the world, in Italy,Japan, the Czech Republic, and Brazil. She lives in Italy.
"Otto the rabbit resolves to eat carrots with the same single-minded passion he sees his friends devoting to their favorite shoes and roller skates. After a period of intense carrot consumption ('Raw carrots, cooked carrots, fried carrots, baked carrots. He eats carrot soup, carrot pizza, carrot cookies, and, of course, carrot cake'), Otto's fellow rabbits taunt him and even try to nibble at him after his ears turn into carrots. A quick switch to spinach solves the immediate problem, and turns Otto into a spinach superhero, with a Superman cape and a pipe like Popeye's. The story ends there, though, leaving readers to wonder whether eating bales of spinach is any better than overindulging in carrots. Newcomer Carrer's multimedia illustrations are the real draw. Otto and his friends cavort against backgrounds of painted newspaper and picture cutouts. Many small panel illustrations entertain (Otto flies in a carrot rocket and paddles a carrot boat), while scribbled lines and scumbled paint add texture and movement. For Carrer, art may be a better vehicle for storytelling than words."
"Otto the rabbit demonstrates that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
'Trixie the rabbit wears only red shoes. Willie the rabbit is never without his blue roller skates. Not to be outdone, Otto decides on carrots. He will eat only carrots: 'Raw carrots, cooked carrots, fried carrots, baked carrots.' Otto's enthusiasm is depicted in a series of thumbnail drawings, even as his family tries to reason with him. Careful readers will find the speech balloon that warns, 'You'll turn into a carrot!' This is no gentle exploration of food fixation such as those found in the classic Bread and Jam for Frances or Delicious! (2007), Helen Cooper's friendly romp about a fussy eater. In Otto's case, events take a decidedly ominous turn when his obsession changes him literally: His ears become carrots. Trixie and Willie want to nibble them. Worse, his classmates dub him Otto Carrotto and surround him, each wanting a bite of his ears. Chaotic collage art captures the frenzied mood even turning to white line on black at its darkest moment. Boldface text stresses the word repetition and helps set the pace as Otto decides no more carrots.
While the tale's not for sensitive youngsters, more sophisticated readers will appreciate the joke when Otto decides next on spinach, only spinach."
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